Activity Title: Make Lush Homemade Bath Bombs
Bath bombs have skyrocketed in popularity lately with thousands of options available. Kids and adults love them and while they can cost up to $9 each to buy, you can make a whole batch for a lot less!
What do I need?
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
½ cup corn starch
½ cup Epsom salt
2 tablespoons of the oil of your choosing (coconut, castor, avocado oil, etc)
2 teaspoon witch hazel (or water) plus a little more if needed.
1 tsp vanilla extract (or more water)
30-40 drops of essential oils
Bath bomb mold plastic or metal)
How to do it:
1. Combine dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch) in a large bowl and mix well until combined.
2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, witch hazel and vanilla extract and stir well. Add essential oils if using and several drops of soap colorant (use more for bright hues and less for pastel hues)
3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients a few drops at a time. Mix well with hands (wear gloves if you have sensitive skin).
4. Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling. You may need to add slightly more witch hazel if it hasn’t achieved this consistency yet.
5. Quickly push mixture into molds, greased muffin tins or any other greased container. Press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours (48 is better) or until hardened. It will expand some and this is normal. You can push it down into the mold several times while it is drying to keep it from expanding too much. Using the metal molds will create a stronger and more effective final bath bomb.
6. When dry, remove and store in airtight container or bag. Use within 2 weeks.